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Arabian Dreams Desert Camp

Desert, United Arab Emirates

The Arabian Dreams Desert Camp is located within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, outside the city of Dubai. With just eight tents, the camp provides an intimate experience, adding some light adventure to a beach or city stay in Dubai.

At a Glance

  • A small camp with just eight tents, accommodating a total of 16 guests

  • Separate male & female washroom facilities, shared by the camp including flushing loos

  • Open to children from a minimum age of five years

  • The experience includes a dune drive and camel ride through the desert

  • Feels very secluded with no other camps or buildings in sight

  • A warm sweater or jacket is recommended for the winter months

Family, Adventure, Couples

Insider's View

Look out for the Houbara Bustard who may come visiting for titbits!

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Insider's View

Definitely get up for sunrise! It'll be an early start, but is so worth it!

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Arabian Dreams Desert Camp or take a look at our itineraries to the desert in the UAE


For visitors to Dubai looking for more than just a beach or city stay, the Arabian Dreams Desert Camp provides the perfect experience, enabling guests to escape the resort-style properties and enjoy a secluded and intimate feel. The camp is suitable for couples and families with children from the age of five years.

Guests will be collected from their hotel within Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and driven out to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where their driver will let down the tyre pressure for the dune drive. There is a short falconry display on arrival in the desert which will usually take place with other guests, before continuing to watch the sunset over the dunes. The experience continues with a camel ride of about 20-minutes to the camp, where Arabic coffee and dates will be waiting for your arrival.

The camp has just eight double tents, each of which has a queen-sized bed. The tents are cosy, raised up on wooden decks, and have been imported from South Africa with comfortable beds. All linen and towels are provided, as is a torch. There are male and female flushing loos as well as separate showers, which are beneath the stars.

In the middle of a camp is a 'majlis', or Arabic seating area where guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks, and dinner is served beneath the stars at a Bedouin-style dining area, also on the ground. After sunset, the camp is lit by bamboo torches and lanterns, giving it a romantic and intimate feel. Dinner consists of traditional mezze followed by an Arabic barbecue and dessert, after which guests can enjoy smoking shisha and chatting, as well as being able to stargaze.

It is highly recommended to wake up in time for sunrise, which is beautiful and serene, before enjoying breakfast in the dining area.

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the UAE's first national park. As Dubai and the wider Emirates develop rapidly on the urban side, it has been recognised that the natural flora and fauna of the desert needs to be protected, and the heritage preserved. The area is home to endangered species such as Arabian Oryx, and visitors to the area can do a gentle safari around the reserve to see animals and birds in their natural habitat.


The Arabian Dreams Desert Camp has just eight tents, measuring 4.8m x 3.6m. The tents come from South Africa and are raised up on wooden platforms with a queen-sized bed in each one. The maximum occupancy of each tent is two people. There are separate bathrooms with male and female flushing loos and showers which have open roofs.


Children from the age of five years are welcome to stay in the camp but there are no specific childcare facilities for them. Parents should note that the maximum occupancy of each tents is 2 people.


Pre-dinner drinks and mezze are served at the 'majlis', or Arabic seating area, while a barbecue dinner and breakfast are served at the Arabic dining area, both of which are on the ground.


Activities include dune bashing, camel rides and desert safaris within the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Location & Directions

Desert, United Arab Emirates

The Arabian Dreams Desert Camp is located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, approximately 45-minutes from Downtown Dubai.

When to go

The best time to visit the UAE is between October and November and then February and March, when temperatures hang around the mid-20s and the humidity is under control. While December and January are generally considered the best months to go, the weather over the last couple of ‘winters’ has been unpredictable with occasional cloud and rain.

The month of Ramadan means hotel rates are heavily discounted, but while outside the resort, Ramadan is strictly adhered to, within the resorts you will notice very little difference.

High summer (July and August) means heavy discounted hotels it’s a great option for a cheap getaway but it will be very very hot and very very humid!

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Arabian Dreams Desert Camp or take a look at our itineraries to the desert in the UAE

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